Project will increase capacity to 34,000 and have a £100m pricetag
Struggling Premier League side Crystal Palace has revealed plans to redevelop its 93-year-old Selhurst Park home.
The project, which is expected to cost between £75m and £100m, will increase the capacity at the south London stadium from 26,000 to more than 34,000.
The major part of the redevelopment, which is being designed by architect KSS, will be a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front that draws inspiration from the original Crystal Palace. KSS is the firm behind the redevelopment of Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon.
Other key aspects of the project are improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces, a bigger pitch, increased from 101.5m by 68m, to 105m by 68m, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football and a new museum documenting the club’s history.
The new-look stadium will also include hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, and between 16 and 28 boxes, as well as improved sightlines in the Arthur Wait Stand with the removal of the television gantry and an improved concourse at the stand.
Plans will be submitted to Croydon Council in January and, subject to planning permission being granted, work would begin in the next 12 months. The project is likely to take up to three years to complete.
The existing Main Stand will remain fully operational throughout the process, minimising the impact on the stadium capacity in the coming seasons, the club, which is currently in the bottom three of the Premier League, added.
The last major work at the ground was completed more than 20 years ago by Bam subsidiary Hynes Construction when it completed the 8,500 capacity Holmesdale Road stand in 1995.